Early 19th century wooden netsuke of seated Hotei with karako (Chinese boy) standing next to him. Hotei is one of the 7 Gods of Good Luck and incarnation of Maitreya - the Buddha of the future, and is liked by children. Great smiling face, excellent depiction of the flow of their robes, nice patina, large and deep himotoshi in accordance with the habit of the time. Signed MINKOKU on inlaid mother of pearl plaque on the bottom - the signature is very worn, but still can be read - for information ...click for details
Ivory netsuke carved as an actor wearing rich theatrical costume decorated with pines, a female mask, and holding a closed fan in his hand. Extremely well carved out of beautiful even ivory, fantastic level of detail both in the mask, headband and clothes with unusually well done dense polychrome decoration. Perfectly captured facial expression with slight smile, wonderful rendition of hair texture. Inscribed ICHIRYU KUMANO on the bottom, Ichiryu being the name of the carver, and KUMANO the name ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of three chestnuts, two of them containing anabori (cavern) carving of landscape with a boat floating along a canal surrounded by banks with thatched roofed huts. Nice quiet carving with beautiful patina, excellent staining, old age lines. Length 1 11/16 inches.
Late Meiji - early Taisho ivory netsuke of Daikoku seated next to his mallet, and a rat climbing onto his shoulder. Daikoku is one of the 7 Gods of Good Fortune - that of abundance and of rice - and the rats are associated with him - where there is a lot of rice, there are rats. Very nicely carved, great miling face, black in highlights, beautifully depicted textile patterns, pleasant patina. Signed GYOKUZAN on the bottom - for information on the artist see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO R ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke depicting a seated actor wearing a theatrical mask of Hyottoko (perplexed peasant) with his hand raised to the face in a gesture of distress. Wonderful quality carving, great face, excellent depiction of his long hair. Beautiful patina. Height 1 5/16 inches.
Rather unusual late Meiji - early Taisho (1910s) celluloid ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) molded in a shape of male and female seated back to back. Excellent quality modeling, superb sharp detailing, great faces. Pleasant patina, in perfect condition. Height 11/16 inches
19th century small lacquered ivory netsuke of a shojo with fan in his hand. Shojo are mythical creatures living near the sea, and are particularly fond of sake. Excellent carving of the facial expression with a slight smile, superb rendition of its rich robe, characteristic red lacquer hair, overall in excellent condition, really nice feel of age to the piece. Signed CHOKUSAI on the back - for information on this fine artist see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by Geo ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of reclining Daruma (founder of Zen Buddhism) enveloped in his monastic robe and cape, supporting his head with one hand, and holding a hossu (fly whisk) in the other. Superbly carved, wonderful and unusually relaxed face (as opposed to his conventional expression of severe concentration), excellent depiction of the flow of his robe. Beautiful wear, excellent patina consistent with age. Signed SEISHO on the bottom, wonderful work by the master carver. Length 2 inches.
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Late 18th to early 19th century ivory netsuke of a standing karako (Chinese boy) leaning on a large cloth bag - probably that of Hotei. Excellent early carving, well captured facial expression, beautiful wear and patina consistent with age. Wonderfully etched textile patterns, hair knot is inlaid with black horn. Length 1 1/4 inches.
19th century wooden netsuke depicting standing Hotei (one of the 7 Gods of Good Luck, also considered to be the incarnation of Maitreya - the Buddha of the future) with a peach in one hand, and the other hand resting on his voluminous belly. Very good quality carving - see his face with a slight smile, and wonderful flow of his long robe. Beautiful patina and wear, very pleasant feel of age. Signed SHIGEKAZU on the back - the artist is listed on p. 946 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO RE ...click for details